In the mid-1950s, Songwriter and World War II Veteran John Redmond set out to teach children their catechism using catchy contemporary tunes. Those efforts resulted in two albums: Seven Songs on the Seven Sacraments with The Ten Commandments Song for Little Children, and Twelve Songs on the Apostles Creed. The idea took hold and these songs are beloved even today as an effective way for children to learn their faith by heart, and have fun while doing it! The principal tenets of our faith, including the Commandments, the Sacraments, The Works of Mercy and the Articles of the Creed are all covered with these songs, which capture the innocence of a bygone era.
Most of these songs have been available on CD and DVD for several years; now for the first time, all the sheet music for these songs, as well as others John Redmond wrote for the Religious Music Guild, have been collected and arranged in one booklet! To learn more about the process we undertook to make this book (and the accompanying CD) a reality, read our blog post!
Experience the joy of singing these heartwarming melodies with your family using these updated arrangements for piano, voice and guitar. You can even download free mp3s from our website to help children practice or perform this music themselves!
Songs included in this book are:
The Ten Commandments Song for Little Children (God’s Laws)
God Lives in Me (Baptism)
Whose Sins You Shall Forgive (Confession)
The Living Christ (Holy Communion)
For Better, For Worse (Marriage)
The Sacrament of the Sick (Extreme Unction)
I’m a Soldier in Christ’s Army (Confirmation)
Why Do We Tip Our Hats to a Priest? (Holy Orders)
Anima Christi (Soul of Christ)
In The Eyes of God (Examination of Conscience)
I Assist At Mass
One Fold and One Shepherd (Unity)
Daniel in the Lion’s Den (Faith)
Who Made the World? (Creation)
Why Did God Make Us? (Purpose of Life)
Three Persons in One God (Trinity)
Gather ‘Round the Crib at Christmas (Nativity)
Mary is My Mother Too
Look Out, Little One (Occasions of Sin)
Jesus, Our Redeemer
Easter Song (Resurrection)
I Believe in the Catholic Church
The Works of Mercy
The Apostle’s Creed
Song of the C.C.D. (Confraternity of Christian Doctrine)
The Stable, The Crib and The Star
What a Christmas Present That Would Be!
The Best Christmas Present of All
I Want To Be a Little Missionary
I’m a Chosen Child
8.5" x 11" softcover 102 pages
Also: don't forget our companion CD: a newly remastered collection of these songs, including two previously unheard songs and a clean earlier version of I'm a Soldier in Christ's Army (with no warping). Save $7 when you purchase both!